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Avoiding a Public Health Hunger Games: The Role for Libraries
by Amy Affelt
We are now seeing headlines such as "Lessons Learned From the Pandemic" from a variety of sources. What lessons have libraries learned? Specifically, what lessons have libraries learned so that they can leverage not only their expertise, but also their roles in their communities in order to provide integral services to their patrons—and assure that they survive and ultimately thrive, in even the worst of times? Libraries of all types need to prepare a playbook plan now so that they can take the lead in public health emergencies going forward and be seen as an obvious resource—and not just an afterthought.

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OverDrive Offers News About American Rescue Plan Act Funding
OverDrive provided the following update about the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) prorated content model: "On April 20, 2021, we announced an ARPA pro-rata model as a new option for collections that are time or circulation-based Metered Access. ... Today we are announcing that other top publishers will be joining Penguin Random House to support this ARPA prorated sales model."
Access Partnership Shares Details of Biden Administration Order on Cybersecurity
Access Partnership rolled out an Access Alert, "President Biden Issues Executive Order of Cybersecurity," stating the following: "On 12 May 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity aimed at strengthening U.S. federal cyber protections. The EO, which has undergone development for months, lands amid mounting public concern due to a wave of recent high-profile cyberattacks."
ProQuest Unveils a New DEI Ebook Subscription; Gets Acquired by Clarivate
The big news from ProQuest is that Clarivate is set to acquire the company from Cambridge Information Group for $5.3 billion, including the refinancing of ProQuest's debt. ... In other news, ProQuest showcased its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Ebook Subscription, which "is designed to help libraries address the challenge of building collections across topics of gender, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, and political and religious beliefs."
eLife and Coko Continue to Work on Open Source Publishing Solutions
eLife extended its partnership with Coko, stating the following: "eLife is pleased to announce … its ongoing support for Coko to develop open-source software solutions for publishing, including Kotahi—a new journal platform that can also help facilitate the publication and review of preprints."
PLOS Teams With TCC Africa to Advance Open Science
Roheena Anand, director of global publishing development for PLOS, writes the following: "Over the course of this year we will be expanding our presence into different continents, embedding ourselves into local communities to work alongside them, listening and learning, so that we can understand and reflect their needs and values. [A]s our first major step, we're sharing the wonderful news that we are formally partnering with the Training Centre in Communication, based in the University of Nairobi, Kenya, commonly known as TCC Africa."

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The Next Normal: The Post-Pandemic Future of Library Services
by Dave Shumaker
As winter turns to spring turns to summer, hope has been rising that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside before many more months have passed. Everyone is beginning to imagine—and plan for—the post-pandemic future. What will it be like? When it comes to library services, it's hard to think that we'll simply return to prepandemic business as usual. Instead of a return to the old normal, or even a new normal, we may experience "the next normal."

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